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Abstinence Education Works After All (Duh) ^ | February 5, 2010 | Linda Chavez

Posted on 02/05/2010 4:57:22 AM PST by Kaslin

Abstinence-only sex education has been a favorite target of the cultural elite, who argued it was naive at best and dangerous at worst. Now, a new study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine suggests that encouraging young teens to just say no to sex may be the most effective method at delaying early sexual activity. The study, the first of its kind to employ rigorous research methods in a controlled setting, showed that programs that encouraged 12- to 14-year-old students to refrain from sexual activity "until they are ready" were more effective than other approaches.

The study followed 662 African-American students in urban schools, a group that, on average -- previous research shows -- become sexually active at a young age. The students were randomly assigned to one of four groups. One group was given abstinence-only sex education. Another was given sex education that stressed condom use. A third group was given contraceptive information but was also encouraged to delay sexual activity. And a control group was given only general health information.

Two-thirds of the students who received an abstinence-only message had not become sexually active two years later. These students were provided with information on HIV and were given medically accurate information on sex. Students were encouraged to remain abstinent and were given advice on how to resist pressure to have sex.

Those students who were given a safe-sex curriculum that stressed contraception and avoiding sexually transmitted disease, without an abstinence message, were significantly more likely than the abstinence-only students to be sexually active two years later. More than half of those in the safe-sex group, 52 percent, became sexually active in that time period -- slightly more than the 47 percent in the control group, who received neither a safe sex nor an abstinence message but only general health information. Some 42 percent of the students in the comprehensive program -- who received instruction on contraception and encouragement to delay sex -- became sexually active within two years.

The study couldn't come at a more inconvenient time for the Obama administration, which has cut more than $170 million in federally funded abstinence education programs from the federal budget. In place of abstinence-only programs, the Obama administration has been advocating instead for pregnancy prevention programs that stress contraception and has asked for increased funding for such programs, $183 million in the budget released earlier this week.

The study will give lawmakers who favor abstinence programs more ammunition to argue that it's worth trying to discourage teens from having sex. But this study isn't the only one to suggest that teens can be persuaded to delay sexual activity if adults are willing to tell them why it's important not to become sexually active at a young age. In one study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 90 percent of teens said that they believed it was important to encourage abstinence, and 60 percent of sexually active teens said that they wished they had not had sex.

What teens seem to be saying is that they want to hear more from adults about the dangers of becoming sexually active in their teen years. The obvious dangers -- sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy -- are only part of the problem. Becoming sexually active at a young an age is fraught with emotional as well as physical risks, and we owe it to teens to tell them so.

Parents are in the best position to make this case -- and according to other studies by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, teens say that parents have more influence over their sexual behavior than peers do. And schools should reinforce this message, not undermine it. If we send the message that early sexual activity is no big deal so long as teens are careful to not get pregnant or get an STD, we shouldn't be surprised that more kids will decide to have sex.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abstinence; culturewars; sexeducation

1 posted on 02/05/2010 4:57:22 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
How to resist pressure??

Just keep your clothes on!!

2 posted on 02/05/2010 5:05:42 AM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Kaslin

Here in Maryland it’s standard to put 13 year old girls on the pill, and they are pregnant by 15.

3 posted on 02/05/2010 5:40:07 AM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: sickoflibs

Is that supposed to be a surprise?

4 posted on 02/05/2010 5:47:08 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for Obama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

To believe that kids will do it any way regardless of what is taught is like saying that all kids are just like animals and do not have any self-restraint. This is what the liberals believe and therefore they want to just teach how to have sex safely. Our Kids are much smarter and better than that and parents should be offended that school boards do not believe in our children’s ability to learn self control.
In the article the most important part of the abstinence only is the following statement.
“Students were....given advice on how to resist pressure to have sex”

Self Restraint is taught and needs practiced.

We spend much of our time telling kids what to avoid but very little time in telling them how to avoid it.

Once a year we taught our Sunday school class of 12 year olds a class titled:

“How to say No and still be Cool”

We also had a class on

“101 ways to avoid giving in to temptations.”

We had high school students that had avoided peer pressure without getting labeled as not cool come and speak and we wrote down how to handle peer pressure.

We had ways in which kids can avoid temptation but still have a great time.

It all starts with:

re-affirm your goals and ask for heavenly father’s help during the day to avoid pit falls.

IE - I want to become a (Fill in the blank) in order to become a (fill in the blank) I must avoid drugs, alcohol, getting arrested, having sex etc etc.

Practice makes perfect: Practice what you will say when confronted with peer pressure

“come on everyone else does it.”
What do you mean your a virgin? Your a man aren’t you?
If you loved me you would have sex with me.
Come on have one drink, it won’t hurt you to have one drink.
Come on a little pot will help you relax and be cool.
Come on every body watches Porn - we can borrow my brother’s ID and rent some.
The more practice the cooler you will sound.

Remember those who take drugs, have sex, and drink, have a goal too. Their goal is to drag as many people down to their level as possible. Your goal is to avoid that trap and to encourage them to come up to your level.

5 posted on 02/05/2010 8:20:28 AM PST by ODDITHER (HAT)
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To: Kaslin
RE :”Is that supposed to be a surprise?

If you listen to brilliant liberals they will tell you the pill is 100%, and sexual abstinence (teaching morality) for young teens is voodoo. Except they ignore that they are telling their kids that sex is OK encouraging more of it.

6 posted on 02/05/2010 8:32:25 AM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: Kaslin

for later

7 posted on 02/05/2010 8:38:06 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sickoflibs

Unmarried, sexually active teens are the least likely to use any form of contraceptive effectively. Is any parent of a teenager surprised by this? “Dirty clothes in the basket, clean clothes in the drawer! How hard is that?!?” “Put the &(*& toilet paper on the &^%& roller, already!!! Were you born a barn?”

8 posted on 02/05/2010 1:54:43 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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